LG’s GBW-H10N is an internal Blu-ray drive that uses the standard IDE interface. The LG GBW-H10N is a simple plug-in replacement for most optical drives.

Similar to Lite-On’s LH-2B1S, LG's GBW-H10N supports a wide range of DVD formats - but it also supports up to five-speed DVD-RAM. LG's GBW-H10N proudly boasts four-speed Blu-ray capability and, although four-speed discs are not readily available, it managed to burn our sample two-speed TDK media at four-speed. We also found the LG GBW-H10N faster than the Lite-On LH-2B1S in our DVD-based tests - often by over a minute.

Although limited to 12-speed recording with DVD+R media, the LG GBW-H10N is capable of write speeds just 23 seconds slower per disk than Samsung's Writemaster SH-S183A 18-speed product. Indeed, the LG GBW-H10N's 12-speed DVD–R recording was faster than that of an 18- (Samsung Writemaster SH-S183A) and 20-speed (Lite-On LH-20A1PU) drive.


But everything isn’t all rosy on cloud LG, the GBW-H10N is limited to eight-speed recording when it comes to CDs - four times slower than the Lite-On LH-20A1PU, and six times slower than the fastest DVD burners we had in on test.

LG’s GBW-H10N doesn’t support dual layer 50GB Blu-ray discs, either. Admittedly, this type of dual layer media isn’t yet available, but the prospect of an unattended backup of 50GB of data on to a single disc is something LG’s customers will be missing out on.

Supplied with the GBW-H10N is the same CyberLink BD Solution software bundle enjoyed by the Lite-On LH-2B1S. This provides a complete playback solution for movies, as well as authoring and backup tools.

LG GBW-H10N: Specs

  • Internal Blu-ray drive
  • IDE interface
  • 4x/2x (BD -R/-RE)
  • 12x/4x/12x/4x/5x/8x/6x (DVD +R/+R9/-R/-R9/RAM/+RW/-RW)
  • 8x/10x (CD-R/-RW)
  • 4MB buffer
  • CD/DVD access times 170/180
  • includes CyberLink BD Solution
  • 146x200x41mm
  • 970g
  • Internal Blu-ray drive
  • IDE interface
  • 4x/2x (BD -R/-RE)
  • 12x/4x/12x/4x/5x/8x/6x (DVD +R/+R9/-R/-R9/RAM/+RW/-RW)
  • 8x/10x (CD-R/-RW)
  • 4MB buffer
  • CD/DVD access times 170/180
  • includes CyberLink BD Solution
  • 146x200x41mm
  • 970g

OUR VERDICT

LG's GBW-H10N is a simple plug-in replacement for a standard internal drive, with excellent DVD performance despite its 12-speed rating. The GBW-H10N is capable of writing to Blu-ray discs at four-speed, but shows very poor CD-writing performance.

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